My Year of Opera: End of the First Trimester

Having watched 17 operas so far this year, I’ve compiled some stats. Post #18 is forthcoming…

Composers Represented:

  • Berlioz (Les Troyens)
  • Sondheim (Company, Into the Woods)
  • Donizetti (L’elisir d’Amore)
  • Rossini (La Cenerentola)
  • Berg (Wozzeck)
  • Whedon (Dr. Horrible, Once More With Feeling)
  • Britten (Peter Grimes, A Midsummer Night’s Eve)
  • Zappa (200 Motels)
  • Verdi (Falstaff)
  • Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance)
  • Mazzoli (Song from the Uproar)
  • Poulenc (Dialogues des carmélites)
  • Massenet (Manon)
  • Adès (Powder Her Face)

Composers With the Most Operas So Far:

  • 3 way tie between Sondheim, Britten, and Whedon

Language Distribution:

  • English – 10! (I’m surprised at this)
  • French – 3
  • Italian – 3
  • German – 1

Number of Operas I Had Seen Before: 6

Number of Live Operas: 2

Longest Opera So Far: Les Troyens

Shortest Opera So Far: Once More, With Feeling

Biggest Surprise So Far: I like bel canto. And French opera.

Favorite Operas So Far: Dialogues des carmélites, Company (new) Pirates of Penzance (rerun)

Biggest Disappointment: Zappa’s 200 Motels

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